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“felt sorry for the art and nature which deserve much better”

National Art Gallery
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Private Day Tour: Chennai City Tour of Museum, Art Gallery, Temple Kalakshetra...
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Owner description: Tenth century paintings, religious statues and relics occupy one building while the other contains mostly modern works.
Yokohama, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“felt sorry for the art and nature which deserve much better”
Reviewed November 20, 2013

on a rainy day, the first in Chennai, visiting the museum was enlightening. However, the art gallery is closed for maintainance and the entire compound needs much more care. Art is beautiful, the botanical and zoological exhibits are poorly lit and the description barely lisible. Groups of school children are noisy but they do not stay long in the room anyway... Good to have seen it but do not expect much.

Visited November 2013
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Scotland UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Very good”
Reviewed August 13, 2013

The Chola art must be seen to be appreciated. I have said it in just a few words.....go and see south Indian art and respect the antiquity thereof!

Visited February 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Worth seeing...but in need of care”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

A strange mix of art and science exhibits, in fairly poor display. Giant dinosaurs though...
The bronzes are extensive and impressive.

Visited June 2013
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Chennai (Madras), India
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“Government Museum not to be missed”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

It is what is called elsewhere "National Gallery", Pantheon Road, Egmore.
This museum was established in 1857 and it is one of the finest museums in India.According to me, its "best" is the sculpture/bronze gallery which contains very nice carvings of the different Indian faiths, and, especially, a very famous Nataraja (the Lord of Dance) dancing on the demon of ignorance and surrounded by flames. There is also a nice set showing SriRama with his wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana and his devotee Hanuman, the monkey-god. There is also a fine collection of south-Indian musical instruments as well as jewellery.
Timing : every day from 8am to 5pm, closed on Fridays and National holydays.

Visited July 2012
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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“good art gallery: worth visiting”
Reviewed March 26, 2013

This was an interesting visit to quite a good, varied and large art gallery.
The gallery houses several different sections displaying art ranging from statues, bronze, contemporary, needle work, traditional and abstract. It also had random displays of plastic and details on how plastic is moulded.....:p
there are some incredibly beautiful intricate ivory works on display such as 2 jewellery boxes and a few other ornaments.
worth visiting but you wont be there for more than a few hours

Visited March 2013
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